Cherokee Messenger
January 2000

CCS Monthly Meeting

Join us for these great programs at the CCS monthly Meeting on Thursday, February 3, 2000 (7:00 p.m. social gathering and 7:30 p.m. program and meeting):

CCS Meeting Location: The Tracy Gee Community Center, 3599 Westcenter, one block south of Richmond Avenue, east of the Sam Houston Tollway West Belt. Guests are always eligible for the door prize awarded that night.

Other Events & Projects

Always double check before launching your journey across town or across country, as events may change unexpectedly.

CCS Plans RNR for April 2

Our Cherokees in the Houston area continue to innovate as plans develop for the exciting "Red Nations Remembering", annual commemoration of the Trail of Tears, scheduled for Sunday, April 2, 2000, from 10:30 a.m. to sundown, at the Montgomery County Park in Conroe, Texas. It will be solidly under cover but with plenty of fresh air! Admission is free at the family friendly, alcohol free event. This opportunity for the entire community to commemorate the Trail of Tears and introduce newcomers to Cherokee and Native culture begins with the Traditional Moccasin Walk through the beautiful wooded area. Activities continue with Cherokee storytellers, games to amuse all ages, fine arts and crafts, Native music, raffles and craft demonstrations, delicious food and much more. Highlights include guest appearances by Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma Principal Chief Chad Smith and Deputy Chief Hastings Shade.

We invite interested readers to contact us to offer support. Regular monthly planning meetings are scheduled at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 20 and March 19. Contact Judith Bruni for details and to offer your assistance, 281-556-1908/ or If those interested cannot attend, call Judith to work remotely on this project. We coordinate from many vantage points! Vendors wishing to participate can contact Cindy Linnenkohl, (days) 281-458-0662, ext. 119, or e-mail, to secure booths which are available for $20.00 plus a donated item.

Language Corner:

our monthly sample of Cherokee vocabulary

Excerpts are from the Raven's Tsalagi Site. Click on her "Small Lexicon of Words in Cherokee"

(English alphabet only shown here)

beads ... a-de-la-di-ya-tso-di
string of beads ... a-de-la-di-ya-tlo di
bed ... bedroom ...a-`sv-sti-ka-nv-`su-lv
bridge ... a-sv-`tlv-i
car ... `a-`tso-du-`di
city ... ga-du-`hv-i
country ... s-ga-`du-gi
dirt ... ga-da
door ... a-s-`du-di
doorway ... ga-lo-`hi `sti
dresser ... di-se-`hi-sti
earth ... e-lo-hi-no
field ... tso-ge-si
fire ... a-tsi-la
floor ... ya-te-no-ha
flower ... hu-tsi-lv-ha
forest ... a-do-hi
fork ... yv-`gi
garden ... a-wi-sv-di-yi
grass ... ga-`nu-lv
grease ... go-i
hay ... ka-ne-s-ga
highway, big road ... u-`ta-`na-nv-`no-hi
home ... o-we-`nv-`sv
hothouse ... o-si
house ... gal-`tso-de
my house ... a-que-nv-sv
iron pot ... tsu-la-s-gi
journey ... vi-s-vi
kitchen ... a-da-`sta-ti
knife ... ha-yel-`sdi
lake, pond, bay ... v-da-li
lamp ... a-`tsv-s-ta
lawn ... `o-ni
napkin ... e-s-gi-nv-si
peace ... nv-wa-do-hi-ya-da
phone ... di-li-no-`he-`di
plate ... `a-se-li-do
road ... nv-`no-`Hi
smoke signal ... tsu-na-lu-gi
spirit ... a-da-nv-do
spoon ... a-di-`to-di
star ... no-ki-si
storehouses ... u-na-wa-da-li
street ... ga-la-`nv-da
success ... a-s-gwa-di-s-di
sun ... nv-do-i-ga-e-hi
table or chair ... ga-`sgi-lo
trees ... de-tlu-`gv
window ... tso-`la-`na
world ... e-`lo-`hi
yard ... `o-`ni

The Cherokee Heritage Center

The Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah, OK features these upcoming events:

To come: Year 2000 opening of the exhibit "Portraits of the Cherokee Nation Chiefs". If anyone is descended from a chief or knows a family member of a chief dating from John Ross (1828) to the present, please send names and addresses for a personal invitation to: Ellen Johnson, Cherokee Heritage Center, P.O. Box 515, Tahlequah, OK 74465-0515. Phone: 918-456-6007, fax: 918-456-6165, or visit the Heritage Center online.

Web Gems

Resources mentioned in this newsletter are intended only for informational purposes and not as endorsements of products or services. They are included as interesting and potentially useful items for our readers.

Educational Resource

CCS Board member Marjorie Lowe relates that there are annually awarded scholarships available through the National Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) that could apply to Native Indian students. Marjorie is Chair of the American Indian Committee of a local DAR Chapter and has applications for the one-time $500 scholarships, which are based on need. Applicants must provide their tribal roll number and blood quantum, but the amount is not requested. Those interested are urged to move quickly before funds are exhausted. July 1 is the deadline for the fall. Contact Marjorie: (h) 713-937-4826 or e-mail

Meet an Outstanding Cherokee:

Gregg Howard of Cherokee/Powhattan knew nothing of his Native heritage until his family moved to Oklahoma from Kentucky in the 1960's when his mother revealed their background. Through the years, he has become involved in preserving the culture and now teaches the Cherokee Language and Cherokee history at Texas A&M University - Commerce, TX. He also excels as an accomplished storyteller. Honors include "Storyteller of the Year" from Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers & Storytellers, "Ambassador of Goodwill" by the Cherokee Nation, and serving as spokesman for the Cherokee Honor Society. His "Tales of Wonder" video of Cherokee traditional stories received the "Award of Distinction" in the 1998 Communicator's Award International competition. Among the many sources on the web that feature Native culture, his site has a fascinating collection of books and videos on Native languages, genealogy and storytelling. Various Indian Peoples Publishing Company, Inc. has a new site at or readers can contact VIP Publishing Co., P.O. Box 833216, Richardson, TX 75083. Phone 1-800-776-0842, e-mail

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The Cherokee Messenger is a monthly publication of the Cherokee Cultural Society of Houston, Texas (USA). Volume IX, number 2. Our website is generously managed by Tom Strapp of Powersource. Contact for newsletter inquiries: Vicki Henrichs, Editor, e-mail Houston area CCS phone inquiries: 713-866-4085. Support of CCS is always appreciated!

The purpose of the Cherokee Cultural Society of Houston is to build community, to preserve Cherokee heritage, to perpetuate the Cherokee culture, and to build the future of our people. Annual membership dues are $20.00 per person and include a hardcopy newsletter subscription. Thank you for your support of CCS! The Cherokee Messenger welcomes news articles, family histories, poetry, and other items of interest concerning Cherokee culture. Inclusion is based on space available and is subject to editing.

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